Police in the US state of New Mexico said Saturday (August 6) that they are investigating a possible link between several murders of Muslims. This is while more and more voices are being raised to denounce racially motivated crimes.
New Mexico police said Saturday, August 6, that they are investigating the racially motivated murders of three Muslims that occurred last year. Albuquerque police said in a statement that they found the body of a fourth victim on the night of Friday, August 5, through Saturday, August 6. If unrecognized, she is in her twenties, a Muslim and “from South Asia”.
“Investigators believe this murder may be linked to three recent killings of Muslim men from South Asia as well,” the statement said.
Anyone with advice about these murders is urged to contact Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers at (7867) 505-843-STOP. pic.twitter.com/YISGwPN442
Albuquerque Police Department (ABQPOLICE) August 6, 2022
Among these victims are two Pakistanis. One of them was 27 years old when her body was found on 1 August. The other, 41, was killed on July 26, 2022. Investigators are now investigating whether these crimes are linked to the death of a man from Afghanistan who was killed on November 7, 2021 outside the business he was running with his brother in Albuquerque.
Police ordered anyone with information to call a hotline and said the FBI was helping with the investigation. New Mexico Governor Michelle Logan Grisham expressed outrage at the attacks. It also affirmed its solidarity with the Muslim community in this state in the southwest of the United States.
“The targeted killings of Albuquerque Muslims are deeply outrageous and totally intolerable,” Michelle Logan Grisham wrote on Twitter. Then the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the largest civil rights group for American Muslims, announced that it was offering a reward of $10,000 to anyone who provided information leading to the suspect’s arrest.
“This tragedy affects not only the Muslim community, but all Americans,” Nihad Awad, National Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, noted. “We must unite against hatred and violence, regardless of the race, religion or origin of the victims and perpetrators.”
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